Seaside Restaurants in Cornwall
Wild surf, turquoise seas, and stunning views: a trip to the coast is a must when staying in Cornwall. For guests at Boconnoc, it’s happily only a short trip to some of the region’s most beautiful seaside stretches—and top-rated restaurants, too.
To inspire your adventuring, we’ve picked five of our very favourite seaside restaurants in Cornwall. All are within driving distance of Boconnoc, and all offer delights ranging from the freshest Porthilly oysters and locally sourced rib-eye steaks to beautifully crisp stone-baked pizzas. Complement your meal with a chilled glass of Cornish wine, and be sure to go for a beachy stroll afterwards to feel the sand between your toes.
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow has been a Cornish institution since it first opened its doors in 1975. Its exceptional gastronomy, harbour views, and superior hospitality have earned it international renown, and its ingredients—including fresh fish sourced directly from local waters—make it far and away one of the best seaside restaurants in Cornwall. Linger on a stool at the seafood bar poised in the middle of the dining room, or settle in at a table to enjoy cascading towers of fruits de mer.
Appleton’s is a Restaurant and Bar by Andy and Lyndsey Appleton in Fowey, Cornwall. For Andy, food is about more than the recipes – it’s a whole attitude and lifestyle that makes great food the focus of every day. It’s about sourcing the best seasonal ingredients at their peak, and letting them do the talking without unnecessary clutter and complexity. Taking rustic, Italian dishes and adding a contemporary twist, Andy creates unique menus that bring the best of Italy and Cornwall together on a plate.
Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris
It doesn’t get much more summery than Sam’s on the Beach—especially considering the bright and beautiful bistro was built within a renovated, 150-year-old former RNLI lifeboat station. When the weather is fine, a table outdoors is the place to drink in the Cornish sun and sea breezes. Tuck in to stone-baked pizzas that are fired in the restaurant’s pizza oven, delve into bowls of plump Cornish mussels, share heaping seafood platters with friends and loved ones, and clink your glasses of frosty rosé.
Fitzroy is a buzzy seafood-led restaurant situated in the heart of Fowey in a former bank. Boasting a delicious, ever-changing, seasonal and locally sourced menu and an excellent selection of natural wines, this happening spot is one not to be missed. For a more casual affair, try their sister Fowey restaurant North Street Kitchen.
Fish Market, Looe
Although not necessarily an eating establishment, Cornwall’s fish markets are an important and vibrant part of the local seaside life, and a must for every seafood enthusiast. Browse crates of fresh lemon sole, plaice, crabs, and other delicacies pulled straight from Cornish waters. Pick your very own catch of the day and start dreaming up recipes, or even make use of a private chef at Boconnoc for a bespoke seafood feast. For those not so keen on the early wake-up, Pengelly’s Fishmonger is another good choice in Looe.